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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Cassarah Brown

Cassie is a Policy Analyst studying Ohio’s hydraulic fracturing policies for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative.  She is a masters student at the Ford School (Class of 2014), and has a Master of Engineering degree in nuclear engineering from UM in 2012 and a B.A. in physics and political science from SUNY Geneseo.  Cassie is interested in nuclear nonproliferation and energy policy.

Cassie completed a CLOSUP-sponsored internship with the National Conference of State Legislature's Energy Program in the summer of 2013.



Jessica D’Itri

Jessica is assisting with event coordination for CLOSUP. She is a masters student at the Ford School (Class of 2015). Prior to attending the Ford School, Jessica completed her Peace Corps service as an environmental educator in Nicaragua, in addition to having worked in the non-profit sector and as an advocate for improved cookstove technology in Uganda. She is most interested in international development and environmental advocacy



Hillary Hampton

Hillary provides research focusing on public opinion about climate change for CLOSUP's National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) Initiative. She is a masters student at the Ford School (Class of 2013). Before graduate school, Hillary worked as an economic policy analyst at a Washington, D.C. think tank and as an AmeriCorps court advocate at a crisis center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 



Rachel Hampton

Rachel provides research on state oil and gas severance taxes for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Political Science, German and minoring in Sustainability (Class of 2014), and hopes to follow her interest in environmental law and policy by pursuing joint J.D. and M.P.P. degrees.

 



Michael Lerner

Michael is studying policy and public perception related to hydraulic fracturing in Quebec, Canada for CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Political Science, French and minoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Before joining CLOSUP, Michael interned with the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program in Washington, DC.

 



Emma Maack

Emma is working on CLOSUP's joint American –Canadian public opinion survey on Great Lakes issues. She is a dual-degree masters student at the Ford School and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (Class of 2014). Her policy interests include land and water conservation at the local-to-regional scale and poverty and social justice issues.

 



Sarah Mills

Sarah is conducting data analysis and research for CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI). She is a doctoral candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan where her research focuses on the impact that wind energy projects have on farming communities. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was a program associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainability; served as a consultant to the EPA's Energy Star Program; and lived and worked for two years in South Sudan.

 



Yu Jun Soh

Jun is assisting in CLOSUP's Michigan Public Policy Survey, through the University of Michigan's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She is doing a double major in Political Science and Economics at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (Class of 2016). Jun is most interested in contemporary American politics and international politics.

 



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